Kathmandu Day Tour

Duration: 7 Hours5/5(7 reviews)
At a Glance
  • Duration 7 Hours
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Group Size 1 to 12 pax
  • Max. Altitude 1345

Highlights

  • A perfect option to spend your day in Kathmandu by visiting centuries-old historical sites
  • Guided tour by one of our very friendly, professional, and English-speaking guides who will introduce you to the monuments
  • A 7 hours guided tour of four must-visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu that can be joined by people of all ages
  • No rush during the tour, so you will have plenty of time to look around the monuments and capture their essence
  • Understand Nepal's history and Nepali culture, beliefs, art, and architecture
  • Have a close look into Nepalese tastes and lifestyles to some extent
  • Explores tourist sites like Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Best price, full transparency, and no hidden charges

Kathmandu Day Tour: A Full Day City Tour Kathmandu

If you have a full-day or half-day free in Kathmandu, you can opt for our Kathmandu Day Tour. It is a 7 hours guided tour of four must-visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites for travelers in Kathmandu. The tour is well guided by one of our experienced and friendly tour guides, who will pick you up from your hotel before the Full Day Kathmandu Tour begins and later drop too after the tour ends.

We also use a private tourist vehicle to commute between the monuments, which make the Kathmandu Day Tour hassle free with us, Outfitter Himalaya. Our Kathmandu Day Trip itinerary is well crafted that allows travelers to explore many historical sites in a limited time. We do not rush during the tour, so you will have plenty of time to look around the monuments and capture their essence.

The Kathmandu day tour is the best way to understand Nepal's history and Nepali culture, beliefs, art, and architecture. You will learn a lot about this mythical country and the people residing here during this tour. Not only that but all the places you will visit for City sightseeing in Kathmandu are surrounded by local markets and eateries. You will get to have a close look into Nepalese tastes and lifestyles to some extent.

Anyone can join us on the full one day Kathmandu Tour. There is no age limit or experience required. The tour is an easy, leisure activity. Many people also understand this activity by Kathmandu sightseeing, so do not get confused. We have the most genuine Kathmandu Day Tour Cost in the market. You will get the best service for the amount you will pay.

You do not necessarily have to book the Kathmandu Day Tour in advance. You can reach out to us anytime. We will do our best to arrange this tour for you.

Places to visit on Our Kathmandu Full Day City Tour

Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhu temple, also known as Swayambhunath or the Monkey temple, is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. It is located on a hilltop in the Kathmandu Valley, approximately 3 kilometers west of the city center. The temple complex is believed to have been founded around 2,000 years ago and is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus.

History: The history of the Swayambhu temple is steeped in myth and legend. According to Buddhist tradition, the site where the temple stands was once a lake that was believed to have been the source of the Kathmandu Valley.

The lake is believed to be drained by the bodhisattva Manjushri, who cut a gorge in the hills to the south, allowing the waters to flow out and leaving behind a fertile valley. The Swayambhunath temple is said to have been built to honor the lotus that grew at the center of the lake.

Architecture: The temple complex is made up of a stupa, several shrines, temples, and numerous prayer wheels. The stupa is the most prominent feature of the complex and is a massive white dome with a golden spire on top. It is surrounded by a number of smaller stupas and statues of Buddha and other Buddhist figures.

Religious Significance: Swayambhu temple is considered one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. The temple is believed to be a source of great spiritual power, and many Buddhists come to meditate and pray at the site. The temple is also important to Hindus, who believe that it was built by the god Vishnu.

The Swayambhunath temple is also known for its resident population of monkeys, which are considered holy by both Buddhists and Hindus. The monkeys are believed to be the descendants of the monkey god Hanuman, who is a central figure in Hindu mythology.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The square is a complex of ancient palaces, temples, shrines, and courtyards that date back to the 12th century.

The site is renowned for its stunning architecture, intricate wood carvings, and beautiful stone sculptures. Kathmandu Durbar Square is considered one of most important cultural and religious sites in Nepal.

History: The history of Kathmandu Durbar Square is closely linked to the history of the Malla dynasty who ruled over the Kathmandu Valley from the 12th to the 18th century. The square was the site of the Malla kings' royal palace, which was surrounded by temples, courtyards, and other public buildings.

Over time, the square became a center of religious and cultural activity, with a number of important temples and shrines built in the area.

Architecture: The architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square is a fascinating blend of different styles and influences, reflecting the city's long and rich history. The buildings in the square are made from wood, brick & stone.

They are characterized by their intricate carvings and decorative details. Many of the buildings feature traditional Newari architecture, which is known for its ornate carvings of animals, deities, and mythical creatures.

Religious Significance: Kathmandu Durbar Square is considered one of the most important religious sites in Nepal. The square is home to a number of important temples and shrines, including the Taleju Temple, the Jagannath Temple, and the Kal Bhairav Temple. Many of the temples are dedicated to the Hindu gods and goddesses, while others are associated with Buddhist practices.

The square is also an important site for festivals and religious celebrations, with colorful processions, music, and dance performances taking place throughout the year. One of the most important festivals celebrated in the square is the Indra Jatra festival, which is dedicated to the Hindu god Indra. It is celebrated in September every year.

Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath stupa, also known as Boudha stupa, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. It is one of the largest and most significant stupas in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a popular destination for tourists and pilgrims from all over the world.

History: The history of Boudhanath stupa dates back to the 5th century. It is believed to have been built by King Manadeva of the Licchavi dynasty. The stupa was later renovated and restored by various rulers, including the Malla kings of the 14th century. The most recent restoration was carried out after the 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal, which caused severe damage to the stupa.

Architecture: Boudhanath Stupa is a massive dome-shaped structure that stands 36 meters high and has a diameter of 120 meters. The stupa is surrounded by a large circular market area, which is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The structure is adorned with various symbols and intricate designs, including the Buddha's eyes and the Dharma chakra, which represent wisdom and the wheel of law, respectively.

Religious Significance: Boudhanath Stupa is an important religious site for both Buddhists and Hindus. It is believed to be the burial site of Kassapa Buddha, an important figure in Buddhist history. Boudhanath stupa is also considered one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world. The stupa is a popular destination for Buddhist pilgrims who come to circumambulate the stupa while reciting prayers or mantras.

The Boudhanath stupa is also an important cultural and historical site, with many monasteries, temples, and shops located in the surrounding area. It is a center for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal and is home to many Tibetan refugees who have settled in the area.

Pashupatinath temple

Pashupatinath temple is a famous and highly revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Pashupatinath temple is considered one of the most significant pilgrimage sites for Hindus all over the world and is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History: The history of Pashupatinath temple dates back to the 5th century. However, the present structure of the temple was built in the 15th century by the Lichchhavi King, Bhupatindra Malla. The temple has undergone several renovations and restorations over the centuries, with the most recent major restoration work taking place in the 17th century under the patronage of King Pratap Malla.

Architecture: The temple's architecture is a blend of Nepalese pagoda and Shikhara style. The two-tiered roof is made of copper and embellished with gold. The temple stands on a raised platform and is built in the shape of a cubic structure, measuring 23.6 meters in height and 29.8 meters in width. The four main doors of the temple are covered with silver sheets, and the main courtyard has 518 small and large Hindu temples.

Religious Significance: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared at this site in the form of a linga (an abstract representation of Shiva) and has resided here ever since.

The temple is also considered one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (radiant lingas) in India and Nepal, making it even more significant for devotees. The Pashupatinath temple is also believed to be a Mokshdham, a place where one can attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

The Pashupatinath temple attracts a large number of pilgrims every year, especially during the festival of Maha Shivaratri, when thousands of devotees from all over the world come to pay their respects to Lord Shiva. The temple is also an important cultural and historical site.

Things you should know before joining the Kathmandu day tour

If you are planning to join a Kathmandu day tour, here are some tips and important things you should know before you go:

  • Wear comfortable clothing and footwear: Kathmandu can be hot and humid (depends when your travel), so it is important to wear lightweight and breathable clothing. Comfortable footwear is also important, as you will be doing a lot of walking during the tour.
  • Carry a water bottle: It is essential to stay hydrated during the day tour, so carry a refillable water bottle with you.
  • Be prepared for the weather: The weather in Kathmandu can be unpredictable, so be sure to check the forecast before you go and carry appropriate gear like a raincoat or umbrella ( if you are travelling in monsoon).
  • Carry local currency: You will need to carry Nepalese currency for buying souvenirs, food and entrance ticket. ATMs are widely available in Kathmandu, but carrying Nepali cash is always helpful.
  • Be respectful of local customs: Nepal is a conservative country, so it is important to dress modestly and be respectful of local customs and beliefs.
  • Open your shoes before entering temples and look out for photography prohibition: Do not wear shoes inside the temples and monasteries. Do not take photos without asking first. Many places have a prohibition on taking photos.
  • Try the local food: Nepal has a rich culinary culture, and trying the local food is a must-do on the day tour.
  • Be aware of scams: As with any popular tourist destination, there are scams and pick pocketing incidents in Kathmandu. Be aware of your surroundings and be cautious when dealing with strangers.
  • Be aware of traffic: The traffic in Kathmandu can be chaotic, so be careful when crossing the streets and follow the instructions of your guide.

Itinerary

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9:00 to 10 AM: Meet your guide at your hotel in Kathmandu and start the Kathmandu day tour.

10:30 AM: Visit Swayambhunath temple, also known as the Monkey Temple. It is an ancient Buddhist stupa located on a hilltop with a panoramic view of the city. Learn about the history and religious significance of the temple and explore the complex.

11:30 AM: Head to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the historical center of the city and another UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the ancient palaces, temples, and courtyards and learn about the rich history and cultural heritage of the Malla dynasty.

12:30 PM: Head to Boudhanath and Visit Boudhanath stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the history and cultural significance of the stupa and observe the Buddhist prayer rituals and traditions.

1:00 to 2: 00PM: Stop for lunch at a restaurant and try some delicious Nepalese dishes.

2:00 PM: Head to Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world. Located on the banks of the Bagmati river, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. Explore the temple complex, including the main temple, ghats, and other shrines.

3:30 PM: End the day tour and return to your hotel in Kathmandu.

This itinerary provides a comprehensive overview of the most significant cultural and religious sites in Kathmandu. However, please note that the order of the itinerary may vary based on the location of your hotel and other factors.

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    Inclusions

    • Transportation by private tourist vehicle
    • Professional tourist guide
    • A bottle of mineral water

    Exclusions

    • Monument entrance fees
    • Tips for guide and driver
    • Anything not mentioned in included section

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      Client Reviews

      • 5/5

        Full Kathmandu day tour with Outfitter Himalaya

        I only had one free day during a busy visit to Nepal. The Kathmandu full day tour with Outfitter Himalaya allowed me to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. I booked this tour in advance and was very satisfied. The tour guide was excellent and was able to answer our questions proficiently.

        Please note that you should have some local currency with you to pay for entry to the different sites and lunch.
         

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        PhintoFrom: United Kingdom,May 03, 2022
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        Dear Phinto,

        Thank you for your good review about the Kathmandu full day tour and it is our great pleasure to know that you had good tour with us in Nepal.

        Have a good day.

        Arjun
        Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

      • 5/5

        Perfect Day Tour in Kathmandu

        Kathmandu day tour is a perfect one-day tour in Kathmandu to explore the major attractions of Kathmandu. The guide was so kind to us, and she is an expert in what she is doing. She gave lots of information about places, history, sociology, religion, etc.
        I am 100% satisfied with the Kathmandu full-day tour.

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        Mark JosephFrom: United States,May 02, 2022
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        Dear Mark Joseph,

        Thank you for your good review about the Kathmandu tour with us and our team. Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided.

        We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again. Have a good day.

        Arjun
        Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd
         

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